Legal assistants are a valuable member of a legal team, whether that team is in a small law office, government agency, corporate legal department, or large law firm. In some respects, they can perform many of the same tasks as an attorney. They may research and prepare documents, maintain files and records, and be familiar with several areas of the law. They may also specialize in one area of legal practice, such as corporate law or real estate. Certification is voluntary, but one of the most well-known certifying bodies is NALA, which awards the Certified Legal Assistant designation. Legal Assistant schools in Minnesota provide the training needed to start a career in this field.
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